Fort McClellan Registry Act

WHEREAS, Fort McClellan, originally Camp McClellan, was a United States Army post
located adjacent to the city of Anniston, Alabama and during World War II, it was one of the
largest U.S. Army installations, training an estimated half-million troops; and,
WHEREAS, beginning in 1951, Ft. McClellan was the home of the U.S. Army Chemical
Center and School, until it was disestablished in 1973; and
WEREAS, within one year of the establishment of the Chemical Center and School, the
Women's Army Corps School was founded at Fort McClellan (September 25, 1952) and
approximately two years later, official ceremonies were conducted to establish the post as
the first permanent home of the U.S. Women's Army Corps Center. Fort McClellan
remained its home until the Corps was disestablished and its flag retired in 1977; and,
WHEREAS, in 1962, the U.S. Army Combat Developments Command Chemical BiologicalRadiological Agency, moved to Fort McClellan and remained active until 1973 when both it
and the Chemical School were disestablished; and
WHEREAS, in 1975, the U.S. Army Military Police School was moved to Ft. McClellan from
Fort Gordon, Georgia and after reestablishment in, 1979, the U.S. Army Chemical School
returned to Ft. McClellan from Aberdeen, Maryland; and
WHEREAS, eventually Fort McClellan became home to the Chemical Decontamination
Training Facility (CDTF), where chemical soldiers worked with live nerve agents; then in
1999, with the Chemical School still active, Ft McClellan was decommissioned due to
BRAC. Upon its decommissioning, it was discovered that it is one of the most heavily
polluted sites in the nation; and
WHEREAS, years of use as the military’s main chemical and biological training center and
conducting experiments with chemical munitions on the base led to widespread
contamination; these activities resulted in area soil and ground water being contaminated
with cyanide, lead, and pesticides. EPA listed the nearby Anniston Army Depot, where the
Army incinerated nerve gas, on the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) as hazardous
waste site in 1989. In neighboring Anniston, the Monsanto Corporation operated an
enormous chemical manufacturing plant that produced tons of polychlorinated biphenyls
(PCBs). Until 1971, Monsanto’s PCB production released PCBs into the air, soil and water
in the local area; and
WHEREAS, for years, service members who spent time at Fort McClellan have reported
experiencing many medical conditions associated with PCB exposure, including: multiple
sclerosis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease, and other reproductive, autoimmune, and
neurological system disorders; and
WHEREAS, there has been no comprehensive study done on the health of veterans that
have served at Fort McClellan to determine whether there is a connection between service
at Fort McClellan and the various toxic exposure-related medical conditions reported by
these veterans; now therefore
Be it resolved: That AMVETS do everything in its power to support the passage of HR
411, the Ft. McClellan Registry Act.